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30 October 2013

Cross the Dartford Crossing with a bike

After years of seeing it looming in the distance when exploring parts of the Thames Estuary, Sunday was the first time your author had ever crossed the River Thames at the Dartford Crossing, taking a lift with a nice man from the Highways Agency from Kent to Essex, and continuing a bike ride from there. The right for cyclists to cross the river here for free is enshrined in law, and all you have to do is show up at the well signposted checkpoints at either end.

This can be very helpful when exploring the outer reaches of the Thames by bicycle, and all you have to do is show up at the Essex or Kent Con­trol Point and on a weekend you will soon be picked up. On a weekday pickups are staggered so that they sometimes only take place in certain hours of the day so it's worth contacting the operators in advance to ensure you don't have to wait an hour. Those approaching from the Kent side should note there is a telephone hidden around the corner behind the Control Point to call for a lift, which again will help reduce the wait. There probably will be at least some waiting whatever happens so be sure to factor that into your ride.

For more, visit the Highways Agency website.

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